The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is a museum located in the old Arnold Print Works Factory building complex in North Adams, Massachusetts. Built by the Arnold Print Works, which operated on the site from 1860 to 1942, the complex was opened with 100,000 square feet of exhibit space in the late 1980s after a series of fundraising efforts. In 2008 the site was expanded to 130,000 square feet. This is one of the largest centers for contemporary art in the United States. The large space allows room for very large art pieces and is also a center for performing arts in the area. The museum and performing arts center has attracted interest from around the country and has revitalized the entire area attracting artists and tourists alike.
The space itself is worth a visit for its 19th century architecture
The Keene Glass Works manufactured free-blown bottles and window panes. Lawrence Schoolcraft started a glass factory in Keene in 1814 when townspeople hired him to meet the need for glass in the early 19th century.
The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture. The permanent collection includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Wyeth and Saint-Gaudens.
Standing Lincoln bronze cast circa 1910 – Augustus Saint Gaudens
Saint-Gaudens bas-relief of Robert Louis Stevenson
Another Saint-Gaudens for the Adams Memorial
Spindrift by Andrew Wyeth
Woman Seated in a Chair by Pablo Picasso (1941) The Bridge at Bougival (1869) Claude Monet
Alex has an appreciation for modern art
The painting, sculpture and decorative art are mixed throughout the collection
The Palace of Queluz is an 18th-century palace located at Queluz, a city of the Sintra Municipality, in the Lisbon District, on the Portuguese Riviera. One of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro’s death in 1786. Following the destruction by fire of the Ajuda Palace in 1794, Queluz Palace became the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent John VI, and his family and remained so until the royal family fled to the Portuguese colony of Brazil in 1807 following the French invasion of Portugal. Work on the palace began in 1747 under Portuguese architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira. Despite being far smaller, the palace is often referred to as the Portuguese Versailles. One wing of the palace, the Queen Maria I Pavilion, built by Manuel Caetano de Sousa, is currently used as Portugal’s official state guest house, allocated to foreign heads of state.
The grounds and gardens of the palace are a great place to start your exploration.